Boy, 17, is found beaten to death in parking lot of LeBron James-founded Akron high school
A 17-year-old boy has been found beaten to death outside a high school founded by LeBron James in Ohio.
Ethan Liming (17) died on June 2, 2022 near the basketball courts of the I Promise School in Akron.
Police are investigating his murder, but no arrests have been made yet.
Meanwhile, his grieving father Bill Liming begs anyone who knows anything about his son’s death to come forward.
“We need someone with courage and confidence. We need you to help our son. We need you to help our family,” Bill told Fox8.
He also criticized the school for its “absolutely inadequate” security, as he warned his fellow parents that it was not a safe place for their children.
“I know we’ve been led to believe it’s a safe place, it’s not safe,” he said. “It’s not safe,” he said. “The cameras they have there are grossly inadequate.”
An autopsy has since revealed that the teen died of a blunt head injury.
Police believe he was killed after his friends shot people with water pistols.
Ethan Liming, 17, was found near the basketball courts of the I Promise School on June 2, 2022, and died of a blunt head injury.
Basketball star LeBron James asked his 51 million Twitter followers to ‘pray for our community’ after the teen’s death on the campus of his I Promise School
Ethan Liming (17) died on June 2 near the basketball courts of the I Promise School in Akron
Police said they believe Liming was driving around with his friends when one or two of them allegedly used a Splatrball Water Bead Blaster – a type of water pistol – against “unsuspecting people.”
The teens’ car then drove towards a group of men playing basketball at the school and fired the soft gel gun at them, leading to the brawl, police said.
The police determined that the joint actions of the teenagers in the car ‘unfortunately provoked the altercation’.
Police added that there is “so far no evidence to suggest that the incident was racially motivated in any way.”
“It was another senseless act of violence in our city,” said Chief Stephen Mylett. “We have a lot of work to do in this city, as well as in the country in general.”
Police also said this week they have a video of the incident, but added that they would not provide specific details at this time.
Liming’s mother called on the public to help identify the suspects.
“Ethan was everything. He was a good boy. He was a smart boy. He loved life. He loved life. He wanted to be friends with everyone,” said his mother, Jennifer Liming. “Ethan saw no color. He saw hearts. He was just such a good person.
“Please help us find these people,” she said. “I just miss him so much. I wish he were here.’
Last week, basketball star LeBron James asked his 51 million Twitter followers to “pray for our community” after the teen’s death on the campus of his I Promise School.
“Our condolences go out to the family who lost a loved one,” he wrote. ‘(May) the heavens watch over you during this tragedy!
‘Pray for our community!’
The school is a partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools. The last day of class was May 25.
Over the weekend, Liming’s family and friends gathered to commemorate the teen and urge anyone with information about the suspects to come forward. Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Liming’s family and friends gathered to commemorate the teen and urge anyone with information about the suspects to come forward
Liming’s family posted photos of the teen on social media with heartfelt congratulations
“Ethan was everything. He was a good boy. He was a smart boy. He loved life. He loved life,” his family said as they posted tributes to the teen on social media
A photo of Liming and his family members was posted on social media as they mourn him
Liming’s father Bill Liming told the local news that he was fighting for his life.
“He was fighting for his life,” he said. “A third person came after him and overpowered him. And they knocked him to the ground. His friends tried to help him.’
He said his friends tried in vain to chase the other group away.
“My son Ethan Liming was murdered by three African-American men and a woman who stood by and did nothing,” Bill Liming said.
‘We live in a sick world. People look at each other based on skin color or the fact that someone does not agree with another person. And since you don’t agree with me, you must be bad,” he said. “And we’ve dehumanized each other so much in our society, that’s why my son was killed. Some people saw him as someone whose life didn’t matter. And it just breaks our hearts. And we don’t want this to happen to anyone else’s child.”
The LeBron James Family Foundation shared the following statement on social media to express its condolences:
“Our community is everything to us. We were devastated to learn of the overnight incident where a life was lost near our school. We grieve with our community at another senseless act of violence. Our campus is safe and secure as we continue to do everything we can to support our students, families and the entire Akron community.”
According to police, Liming was driving around with his friends when one or two of them used this Splatrball Water Bead Blaster and shot a group of men, leading to the fight
Akron Public Schools Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack sent an email to faculty and staff the day after the incident that read:
“Our Akron Public Schools family extends its deepest condolences and offers its prayers to the family and friends of a student who lost his life last night. We mourn as one for Ethan Liming, a 17-year-old growing senior at Firestone Community Learning Center. Ethan was a student leader at his school and attended the Academy of Design there.
The death of a student affects all of Akron’s public schools. Sadly, Ethan’s passing is one of many we have experienced this school year. May we all take a moment from our daily pressure to give thanks for the lives of these children. May we forever find ways to keep our memories of them alive. Each of these losses reminds us how precious and sometimes fleeting life can be.
Our crisis team assists the Firestone CLC staff and is available to students as always.’